Award-winning electrical contractors with projects ranging from seed cleaning trucks to electric passenger ferries


Auckland’s industrial electrical company, Dalton Electrical, has won the Excellence Award at the Master Electricians Awards 2022 (in association with Etco[1]) ceremony[2] in Auckland on Friday evening October 14.

“Dalton Electrical is an outstanding example, leader and innovator in the industrial electrical sector for its approach to training, team culture, organizational values ​​and its delivery of unique projects and solutions focused on customer,” says Bernie McLaughlin, Master Electricians. ‘ Chief executive officer.

“They excel in all areas of the industry, from the way they manage their apprenticeship training with in-house coaches assigned to each apprentice throughout their apprenticeship to their innovative way of completing projects.”

“Bruce Dalton and his team at Dalton Electrical were rightly considered by our judges to be exceptional in their field.”

Five other power companies were declared winners of the six categories of the Excellence Award – energy efficiency, innovation, lighting design and three project awards. The winners of the Emerging Business Award and the Industry Champion Award were also announced.

“These awards were not won lightly. We had 63 applications from across New Zealand – twice as many as in the last competition in 2019[3] – and the quality of the whole thing was impressive,” says Bernie.

“A number of companies submitted more than one application and this year, for the first time, we recognized individuals within certain companies for their commitment to the success of the projects they worked on. Innovation in some of the entries was beyond belief, including a few projects that sparked international interest.

“Our two judges – who traveled across New Zealand to visit all of the competing businesses/entrepreneurs on site – were very impressed with the quality of the training for apprentices and employees and the projects undertaken, but also with the focus on energy efficiency.”

“It’s clear that our members are today’s experts in energy efficiency for the home, commercial and industrial sectors,” says Bernie. “We are announcing their approach in these days of growing concern about the impact of energy consumption on our environment.”

Mckay Group has won the Energy Efficiency Excellence Award for its key role in developing the Southern Hemisphere’s first electric passenger ferry, Ika Rere, a 26-tonne, 19-metre, fully electric carbon fiber ferry , double-hulled, capable of carrying 132 passengers at 20 knots.

McKay delivered – in partnership with Wellington Electric Boat Building Company (WEBBCo) – the electrical scope of the ferry, including electrical engineering design and installation, vessel automation electric propulsion, design and installation. energy storage/battery installation and shore charging integration and design. Ika Rere was launched in March 2022 and regularly carries passengers through Wellington Harbour, between Queens Wharf and Days Bay.

Creating a mobile seed cleaner that transports seed from a silo on the farm through the truck to clean and treat it, then repack it into bags for redistribution around the farm, has earned Des Scott Electrical 2008 Ltd.[4] Innovation Excellence Award. This innovation drastically reduces the time, cost and carbon emissions of a process that typically involves trucks transporting seed from the farm to the factory and then back to the farm and has the potential to transform the cleaning process seeds all over the world.

KME Services won the Lighting Design Excellence Award as well as the Project Excellence Award (over $5 million) for the design, installation and commissioning of the power supply and reticulation, general and emergency lighting, and lighting control and protection systems (seismic constraints) of the new Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre. Energy efficiency measures have been taken, such as using a central lighting control panel to effectively control lights, equipping most rooms with occupancy sensors and using dimmable LED lighting and local lighting control.

Buzz Electrics won the Project Excellence Award ($1-5 million) for its work on the new construction of the Villa Maria winery in Hawkes Bay. They created a set of automated electrical systems that would cover the entire operation of the site, from product delivery, service control and cellar monitoring, to the finished wine product.

Aotea Electric Canterbury received the Project Excellence Award (under $1 million) for the development of a fully automated washing system for train carriages at the KiwiRail Service Center in Waltham.

The Service Center is where KiwiRail’s South Island trains (the TranzAlpine and Coastal Pacific lines) arrive before and after each trip for servicing, maintenance and cleaning. Septic tanks are emptied, brake systems checked, diesel refilled, and each train is washed and dried before setting off to pick up passengers for the next scenic journey.

Simpson Electrical Ltd has been awarded the Outstanding Emerging Business Award – for its outstanding achievement in new retail space over the past seven years. The number of employees, interns and work projects at the Auckland-based company has grown significantly since its inception in early 2016, and has been praised by judges for its focus on training, boosting morale and of team culture, and its search for the green energy/EV space.

This industry champion award was presented to Buzz Barham of Buzz Electrics (Hawkes Bay).

“Buzz Barham has quadrupled his team at Buzz Electrics over the past few years thanks to the hard work of his team,” says Bernie. “Buzz is respected by all his peers within the industry, and he also makes sure his own team is well looked after, even opening his own house to employees over the years when they’re in trouble, to help them out. get back on track.”

“Buzz is a valuable contributor to the industry and the Master Electrician brand, encouraging his team’s participation in Apprentice of the Year and Achievement Awards. This year’s success in the awards illustrates how well he has succeeded in instilling and encouraging the skills of his team.

The Master Electricians Excellence Awards are a biannual competition, held in association with Etco, which aims to identify and recognize excellence within the electrical industry. The winners of the annual Apprentice Master Electrician of the Year awards were also announced at the awards ceremony held at Auckland’s Pullman Hotel on October 14.

[1] electrical training company

[2] The winners of the Apprentice Master Electrician of the Year challenge were also announced at the ceremony.

[3] The biennial Awards of Excellence competition was canceled in 2021 due to Covid.

[4] Based in Waimate

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